Completing a drug detox can be an emotional experience: patients are often proud to be clean, nervous about the future and excited to begin a new life without drugs or alcohol. But staying clean is hard in the real world. We understand that despite people’s best intentions, revisiting old habits can be very tempting. So, we use a specialized treatment to help support their long-term recovery: Naltrexone therapy.
Naltrexone is a medicine that blocks the opiate receptors in a person's brain — which means it dramatically reduces cravings when they’re taking it. It is non-addictive and does not block the body's natural endorphines. And if relapse does happen, the medicine prevents the patient from feeling high.
From our experience, Naltrexone is a powerful buffer during the challenging first weeks and months of recovery. Freed from intense cravings and unable to get high, patients have the strength and support to look beyond their physical symptoms and begin focusing on the psychological aspects of staying clean.
Although patients can take Naltrexone orally, we’ve found that many people either forget or choose not to take it— so they’re more likely to relapse. In order to improve these results, we provide two specially compounded Naltrexone options for patients, depending on their unique circumstances and needs:
- Naltrexone Implant: We place a small, painless Naltrexone implant under the patient’s skin, where it slowly releases a dose for 2 months.
- Naltrexone Injection: We give the patient a shot, which lasts for approximately 4 weeks.
- Vivitrol®: Vivitrol® is an FDA-approved, branded version of injectable Naltrexone. We also have a "generic" version available.
Whether we choose an implant or injection, both of these slow-release options give patients weeks of support at a time — without having to worry about remembering to take a pill. To ensure the best chance for lifelong recovery, we recommend that most patients continue with their Naltrexone therapy for a year after completing detox. Doing so gives them the time and space to focus exclusively on healing their dependency and creating new, healthy habits.
Over 10,000 patients worldwide have used Naltrexone therapy without encountering any major challenges. In fact, an early study at our clinic found that detoxification combined with a Naltrexone implant had a 100% success rate at six weeks and over an 80% success rate at three months.
Naltrexone therapy is a crucial part of our three-step treatment process. This valuable tool makes the transition to recovery easier, more comfortable and far more likely to last — so patients are free to enjoy life again.
Let’s take the next step together. Call us at 877-773-3869.